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Unformatted text preview: 11-22-2008Why would you want to get married?Strengthen commitmentReligion says soPublic declarationPretty white dressSociological TheoriesClassical PerspectivesoStructural functionalismoConflict theoryoExchange theoryoSymbolic Interaction theoryContemporary TheoriesoFeminismoModernity TheoryStructural FunctionalismDominant perspective of mid-20thcentury (Emile Durkheim)Asks: What are the functions of social structures?oAssumescurrent structure is functionaloTreats status quoas good, change as badStability and cooperation in bread-winner/home-maker familyoFunctions of each partneroHusband as instrumental (economic world, interrelations between the organization and the home), wife as expressive(psychological support, building morale, nurturing and caring)Conflict TheoryFocus on change, not stability (Karl Marx)oInequality and power struggles drive historyFamily theoryoBenefits of traditional model to capitalists/employersoWomens housework allows lower pay for men...
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